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All-Electric long-distance motor coach coming soon

Van Hool selects Proterra battery platform for new coach

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Up until this point we have been seeing the development and adoption of electric drive city and metro buses, but never long distance or tour coaches.

That is until now.

Van Hool, one of the world’s leading bus and coach manufacturers has just announced that it will soon offer an electric-drive version of its popular CX45 motor coach.

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The first customer deliveries in North America are expected early in 2019.

Driving the coach, which will be focussed on long-range, intercity travel, will be the same Proterra electric drive platform that recently set an electric vehicle world record distance of 1,771 kilometres on a single charge.

Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool, says the company decided to look at offering an electric drive coach after repeated requests from customers.

“The CX45 coach has a proven track record and has become a benchmark coach in its own right in the industry.

“Integrating Proterra’s proven battery technology in the CX will take this coach to the next level.”

Known as the CX45E/CX35E, the all-electric coach will have fewer moving parts than a standard diesel coach, and zero-tailpipe emissions.

Proterra and Van Hool say they believe the truck will save operators tens of thousands of dollars on fuel and maintenance costs every year.

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No word yet on the all-electric coach coming to Australia at this stage, though we will keep you updated as further info comes to hand.

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